The school requires that the children should wear school smock to school and any jacket or coat should be taken off before entering the schoolbus. That is why I decided to make a cape for Sidra because it can be easily taken off once the bus is coming.
Sidra has specifically requested something with green fur for his coat, so I bought half a metre of this green fur to use as a lining for the black wool. The pattern is an alteration from Sidra’s navy jacket. The cape also has two slits for hands and a pair of pockets. The fur makes it a bit thick so I use three big hooks instead of buttons for closure.
But on the first day wearing the cape, it still took a long time before Sidra entered the bus school because he was busy showing it off to the sensei who picked him up. He excitedly pointed to his cape and said: “Mama tsukuta” (Mama made it), while the sensei and the bus driver smiled patiently; and me smiling sheepishly to them.